Sunday, May 17, 2009

No. 27. The Queen Theatre (1936) still a
regal sight to behold, God save the queen




When Queen Theater opened its doors in 1936, they featured films and live performances - and when they had a full house - they were able to seat as many as 850 people. The theater was a Kaimuki staple of entertainment until 1973, when it began featuring adult films (ala Boogie Nights - no small coincidence, perhaps, that Deep Throat, often claimed by its protractors as one of the highest grossing films of all time, was released a year earlier). After a raid that shut down adult film operations, the theater fell into disrepair; The last few vestiges of its former life barely visible: "You see the corner of her coat is torn, and stained with sand..."

edit:
A community organization called the Friends of Queen Theater is making an effort to restore the theater to its former glory. Visit them here: friendsofqueentheater.org

1 comment:

Cambodian Mike said...

Sad to see the place rot. The owner should restore this into a proper theater again ala The Majestic.